Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? That’s great! Unfortunately, your dentist has informed you that you need an additional procedure before you can get started. Don’t worry, many patients need a bone graft in Dallas before they can undergo their placement surgery. Although it adds an extra step to your journey, it’s essential to ensure your new smile has the strong foundation it needs to thrive. Here’s why your dentist recommends bone grafting before moving forward.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it replicates the entire tooth structure, including the root. Traditional prosthetics only restore the portion of the tooth visible above the gum line, but dental implants go a step further.
A titanium post is surgically placed into your jaw to act as a root. Your bone must integrate with the post to provide a secure and stable base for your restoration. If you’ve lost density in your jaw, your bone won’t be able to support the post. Ultimately, this can lead to dental implant failure.
When is Bone Grafting Necessary?
Bone grafting is a normal part of getting dental implants, but it isn’t always necessary. During your initial consultation, your dentist will review a CT scan of your oral structures to look for any hidden concerns, like bone loss. Based on the results of the scan, they will determine if you must have the additional treatment. You will need at least 1 mm of bone around a dental implant. As a result, you might require the procedure if you have low bone density as a because of:
- Development defects
- Gum disease
- Face injury or trauma
- Prolonged untreated tooth loss
A bone graft may also be necessary for patients who don’t have enough space for the implant post and the maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. If this is the case, you may also need a sinus augmentation along with your bone grafting procedure. This increases the height of the bone to protect your sinuses when the upper back teeth are being substituted with dental implants.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical treatment used to improve areas of weakened bone. Your oral surgeon in Dallas will take bone from another area of your body or a donor and transplant it to the treatment site. Your graft will combine with your bone over the next several weeks. After your jaw has fully healed, you will be scheduled for your placement surgery.
If your dentist has recommended bone grafting, there’s no reason to fret. Your oral surgeon can create the strong framework your new smile will need to last for decades.
About Dr. Cameron Wendling
Dr. Wendling has over a decade of experience in dental and surgical settings. After earning his dentistry degree, he continued his training to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgeries. He can treat even the most complex issues, like bone loss. If you need bone grafting, Dr. Wendling can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.